AICTE has revised the curriculum for engineering and management programs. Check out the changes here.
25 January 2018: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has revised the curriculum for engineering and technical courses offered by colleges across the nation in order to match with the industry requirements. As per a senior official, the new curriculum will focus more on practical through laboratory assignments rather than theory.
To ensure this, the number of credits for theory has been decreased from 200 to 160. It has also been made mandatory that out of 160 credits 14 will be for summer internship.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has launched the new curriculum. Appreciating the efforts of the regulatory body, Mr. Javadekar emphasized on updating the curriculum every year and introducing reforms as per industry needs.
He said; "The existing syllabus has been revamped by preparing a model curriculum as an updated curriculum is a student's right".
The minister also advised that teachers "must have passion to teach and should follow a comprehensive design of quality practice".
AICTE New Curriculum
AICTE Chairman, Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, told about various quality initiatives which are:
- Model Curriculum for Engineering and Management (UG and PG courses)
- Induction Programme for Engineering Students
- Industry readiness and mandatory internships for students
- Start-ups and innovation etc.
- Three-week mandatory induction program for first year students to adjust in the new environment and learn the required language skills has also been introduced.
- The concept of virtual laboratories has also been introduced.
- It is made mandatory for the students to do internship in the industry for two to three months (during summer vacation). This will help in acquiring job skills.
These changes were made considering the complaints that approximately 60% of those passing out from professional courses (engineering and management) lack industry skills.
Affiliated universities are asked to form consultation committees in order to introduce changes in the curriculum every year.